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Originally posted by soconfused
Thanks for the comments everyone. The fact is I have never done drugs or drank alcohol and I don't watch porn. I am a very disciplined person. I am also a master level martial arts instructor. The 10 years I had my own dojo was the best years of my life, but unfortunately I had to close up shop a little over a year ago due to the economy. Ever since then I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I never knew how much I depended on other people to make me feel comfortable. Now that it's just me out there in the world it's overwhelming sometimes. It seemed easier when I had lot's of young people depending on me to lead them and be a role model. They never knew on the inside that I was so afraid to try new things. Now that I don't have that in my life my anxiety has taking over again. There is ways to get back to that place in my life but just the thought of it scares the crap out of me for some reason.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan (INN), is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan.
5-HTP is sold over-the-counter in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid, and is also marketed in many European countries for the indication of major depression.
How 5-HTP Works:
Serotonin is a "neurotransmitter which is responsible for mood, hunger sleep" (www.herbsnow.com/sotm.htm). The website, medquest pharmacy claims that 5-HTP works by increasing the amount of serotonin produced in the brain. And in fact, according to Gastpar and Wakelin (1998), 5-HTP is a known precursor to serotonin which has been proven in many studies. Serotonin levels are supposed to have a direct effect on a persons mood (www.medquwestpharmacy.com/5-htp.htm). In fact antidepressant drugs approved by the FDA, such as Prozac, are said to work by increasing the amount of serotonin available to the brain(www.biosyenrgy.com/5htp.htm).
Effectiveness of Treatment:
It is said on medquest pharmacy�s web site that when 100mg of 5-HTP is taken three times a day for an extended period of time showed a 50 % improvement in depressed patients. In addition the patients are said to have had no side effects(www.medquwestpharmacy.com/5-htp.htm). In all other areas of treatment associated with 5-HTP(i.e. weight loss) nonumbers are given on the web sites but clinical studies showed "significant improvement" of the patient�s problem. The areas tested include panic attacks, insomnia, obesity, and anxiety (www.reach4life.com/1000a.html?pid=2756&cob=home)